Samstag, 28. November 2015

Teej and Cuth - Seven Ages

British producer Cuth is once again part of a great hip hop duo after the relase  with his mate Adam earlier this year. The new record "Seven Ages" features rapper Teej who is equally up to the task of rhyming nicely over Cuth's original and soulful beats.

There is an overall more serious vibe on this one which shows in Teej's lyrics and the dusty beats. But this certainly doesn't subtract the dynamics or the quality of their music. A track like "Boy Meets World" is an excellent example for great storytelling and original beatmaking. There's a concept behind the tunes looking at life through the perspective of seven ages. Guest features on this album are provided by Kiran Harrison, Elemental and Cuth's former partner in crime Adam. If you're a fan of the traditional approach to the rap genre "Seven Ages" should definitely be on your list.

Get the full stream and video to "Born Alone" below or on Bandcamp.

Dienstag, 24. November 2015

BENJAMIN - Arriving

The Chicago-based label Cherries Records is lately releasing some nice funk and r&b records - and its hard to tell if they are either ignoring modern trends in soul music or if they are the very incarnation of them. 

The latest release features the BENJAMIN-duo and their new album "Arriving". The first single "Those Memories (Sneak Up On Me)" already dropped earlier this year and was a nice example for the synth-vibes and smooth production that you will find on the full-length record. BENJAMIN's music is certainly a timeless approach that might have been the result of a collaboration between Leroy Hutson and Bootsy Collins. Clothed in a super clean and funky production this is one of the best and unique contemporary soul records you will find out there.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Abeokuta Afrobeat - Agô EP

For quite some time now Brazil has seem to be a hot bed for the worldwide expansion of the afrobeat tradition. The Abeokuta collective from Recife is another example for the excellent contributions coming from this part of the globe.

The group's brand new four-track EP is called "Agô" and features an explosive and dynamic approach. The title track and opener is an high speed afro groove with melodic brass sections and nice vocals while a tune like "Lessimí" is an exercise in slow and intense rhythms. The positive vibes on this EP are addicting and are coming to you for free.

Get the stream and free download on Soundcloud.

Samstag, 21. November 2015

The Putbacks - Kung Fu Pyramids / Snake Eyes

This is not the first time Melbourne's funk and soul collective The Putbacks is mentioned on this blog. Their ongoing  collaboration with Emma Donovan resulted in one of last year's finest soul records and now there is a brand new single on HopeStreet Records.

The name of this limited vinyl release is "Kung Fu Pyramids" and it is coming your way in an uptempo funk outfit with a driving guitar and haunting organ vibes. On the flipside you will find a very dynamic tune in "Snake Eyes" which is walking the line between solid soul grooves and psychedelic rock jams.

Get the full stream on Soundcloud.

Freitag, 20. November 2015

Moon Curse - Spirit Remains

Only one song of the new Moon Curse album "Spirit Remains" is streaming currently on Bandcamp - But this one, the opener "Beneath The Waves", is all you need to get sucked into this band's vibes and to await the release of this record at the end of this month.

It marks the second album by the trio from Milwaukee that again knows how to create slow moving and huge sonic monsters. This first single is a perfect prove of that point. Behind the big guitar sounds and stomping rhythms you will be able to find very melodic elements that are worked out nicely and well developed through the songs. "Spirit Remains" spans five songs - five deep and capturing trips into heavy iffs and melancholic melodies.

Get the stream on Bandcamp.